Easter pro tip: if you’re on a diet and trying to avoid stealing all your kids’ peanut butter cups, or if you’re sick of explaining why parts are missing off the chocolate bunny (“Genetic mutation. Some bunnies molt and lose their ears.”), take a road trip to Utah next year. It’s home of the annual Easter Jeep® Safari, and it’s cooler than anything in your Easter basket. Executive Dodge Jeep has the highlights.
Next year is expected to see the return of the Jeep Wagoneer. Jeep fans’ appetites were whetted by a Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip, which put a vintage Jeep Wagoneer body atop a modern chassis. The 17-inch wheels and 33-inch tires get an assist from Dana 44 axles and a 5.7-liter V8 engine coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission.
We’re also waiting on the next-generation Jeep Renegade. If you looked closely at the Jeep B-Ute, with its new grille and recessed headlights, you probably got a preview of that new Jeep SUV and didn’t even realize it.
The real star here was the 2019 Jeep Wrangler. It enters a new generation this year, and five of this year’s concepts were based on it. Among the highlights:
Jeep J-Wagon: Based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, this SUV sports 35-inch tires, a snorkel for air intake when you’re fording deep water, and a host of other upgrades.
Jeep Jeepster: A chopped roof and two-tone paint highlight this model that’s a throwback to 1966.
Jeep 4SPEED: Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, this variant is 950 pounds lighter than the showroom model. Its rakish good looks are enhanced by the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission found in the new Jeep Wrangler.
If you missed this year’s Safari, you can see photos over at Road and Track. Wait a bit longer and you can just visit 406 South Orchard Street in Wallingford, CT. Executive Dodge Jeep will have the 2019 Jeep Wrangler before you know it.